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Stockholm attack latest: Manhunt for suspect in green jacket after lorry ploughs into crowd

Police treating incident as terror attack

Adam Withnall,Benjamin Kentish
Friday 07 April 2017 14:34
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Scene after the truck attack in Stockholm sees crowds flee

A lorry has been driven into crowds in central Stockholm in what police are treating as a terror attack.

Here are the latest updates:

Manhunt for suspect in green jacket after lorry kills three and injures 'many' more

Witnesses describe horror of attack where hundreds fled for their lives

Police say lorry was hijacked earlier today and incident is being treated as terror attack

Why Sweden - and was it Isis? Everything we know so far

A lorry has crashed into a crowd of people in central Stockholm killing at least three people, Swedish police have said.

Armed police rushed to the scene and shots have been fired, Swedish radio reported.

The incident occurred at Ahlens Mall in Drottninggatan, a shopping area of the city, which has been cordoned off.

A witness told Swedish daily paper Aftonbladet: “I went to the main street when a big truck came out of nowhere. I could not see if anyone was driving it but it got out of control. I saw at least two being run over. I ran as fast as I could from there.”

Another witness told the paper they saw hundreds of people “running for their lives” outside the shopping centre.

“A vehicle has injured people on Drottningatan,” police spokeswoman Towe Hagg told Reuters.

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Adam Withnall7 April 2017 14:42
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At least three people have been killed after a lorry drove into crowds in central Stockholm.

Armed police rushed to the scene and shots have been fired, Swedish radio reported.

The incident occurred at Ahlens Mall in Drottninggatan, a shopping area of the city, which has been cordoned off.

Adam Withnall7 April 2017 14:52
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Swedish daily paper Aftonbladet said the lorry hit people on Stockholm’s Queen Street before crashing into a department store.

An Aftonbladet reporter on the scene said police suspected the crash was terror related.

A witness told the paper: “I went to the main street when a big truck came out of nowhere. I could not see if anyone was driving it but it got out of control. I saw at least two being run over. I ran as fast as I could from there.”

Adam Withnall7 April 2017 14:52
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Another witness told the paper they saw hundreds of people “running for their lives” outside the shopping centre.

“A vehicle has injured people on Drottningatan,” police spokeswoman Towe Hagg told Reuters.

Adam Withnall7 April 2017 14:53
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Police said at least two people had been killed, although Swedish media continued to report the higher death toll of three.

"I saw at least three dead, but probably more," Swedish radio reporter Martin Svenningsen said.

Police could not confirm the information.

A Reuters witness saw a number of body-like forms covered by blankets at the scene of the incident. 

Adam Withnall7 April 2017 14:55
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All subway traffic has been shut down across the city of Stockholm, according to the Swedish news agency TT.

Adam Withnall7 April 2017 14:56
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Pictures published by Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet show that a truck has ploughed into the upscale Ahlens department store.

Witness Jan Granroth told Aftonbladet, another daily that "we stood inside a shoe store and heard something ... and then people started to scream." He says "I looked out of the store and saw a big truck." 

The store is part of a Sweden-wide chain. The building includes several stores at the street level. 

Adam Withnall7 April 2017 14:57
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Swedish police have issued a warning to the public to avoid Stockholm city centre. Aftonbladet is reporting that police were ordering people to leave the scene in the immediate aftermath of the incident saying "Warning - terror attack".

Adam Withnall7 April 2017 14:58
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Public service TV channel SVT is reporting that the police are treating the incident as a possible terror attack.

Police say they are aware of earlier reports of gunshots being heard, but that they are unconfirmed.

Adam Withnall7 April 2017 14:59
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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will shortly hold a press conference on the attack, it is now being reported.

Adam Withnall7 April 2017 15:03

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